|Publication number||US4942886 A|
|Application number||US 07/313,988|
|Publication date||24 Jul 1990|
|Filing date||22 Feb 1989|
|Priority date||22 Feb 1989|
|Publication number||07313988, 313988, US 4942886 A, US 4942886A, US-A-4942886, US4942886 A, US4942886A|
|Inventors||John W. Timmons|
|Original Assignee||Timmons John W|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (9), Non-Patent Citations (1), Referenced by (55), Classifications (11), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
This invention relates generally to external incontinency devices, and more particularly to incontinency devices of the clamp type.
2. Description of Related Art
The location of the urethra near the surface on the bottom of the penis makes the use of an external clamp an effective means of preventing incontinence. Several United States Patents disclose clamps for this purpose.
U.S. Pat. No. 3,147,754, Koessler, entitled: "Device for Controlling Incontinence", discloses a U-shaped part with a cooperating cross bar which serve as a clamp.
U.S. Pat. No. 3,155,096, Outwin, entitled: "Male Incontinence Clamp", discloses opposed pads which perform clamping.
U.S. Pat. No. 3,866,611, Baumrucker, entitled: "Incontinence Device", discloses opposed clamping surfaces with one having two spaced pressure applying devices and the other one having a single, central pressure applying device.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,534,353, de Leur et al., entitled: "Accessory for Counteracting the Consequences of Vesical Incontinence with Males", discloses a rigid, arcuate clamping member for extending across the top of the penis, with a cooperating cross bar which can be rotated between clamping and nonclamping positions.
A clamp has a first rigid, arcuate, padded member which is hinged at one end to a second rigid, arcuate member so that the free ends of these members may be moved from an abutting position to a spaced position. Extending substantially as a chord across the second member is a compression bar which is hinged to the second member near the hinge of the first and second member. An L-shaped lever having a central pivot, has one leg which serves as an operating handle, while the other leg can be moved by the handle into, and out of, engagement with the compression bar. A flexible securing strap extending from one of the members is used to hold the free ends of the first and second members in a desired relationship. A thin, flexible pinch guard is secured to one of the members on the inside to extend across the opening between the free ends of the members.
It is an object of this invention to provide an external incontinency device which can readily be closed about a penis without unduly constricting the penis.
It is another object of this invention to provide an external incontinency device permitting urination without removal.
It is also an object of this invention to provide an external incontinency device having a handle to move a compression bar to compress the urethra.
In accordance with these and other objects, which will become apparent hereafter, the instant invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawings.
FIG. 1 is an elevation of an external incontinency device in accordance with the invention in open position.
FIG. 2 is an elevation of the external incontinency device of FIG 1 in closed position. 1 in closed position.
FIG. 3 is an elevation of an alternate embodiment of an external incontinency device in accordance with the invention.
FIG. 4 is a detail showing a modification of the device of FIGS. 1 and 2.
Referring to FIGS. 1 and 2, first member 10 is arcuate in form and preferably molded of a substantially rigid material such as plastic, e.g. polypropylene. Pad 12 covers the inner surface of member 10, but is not secured thereto over the entire inner arc. At one end of first member 10, hinge 14 connects first member 10 to second member 16. Hinge 16 is formed by having a thin portion of the material. Compression bar 18 is joined to second member 16 by hinge portion 20. Compression bar 18 is somewhat arched, as shown. Pad 22 covers the upper surface of compression bar 18. Pads 12 and 22 prevent first member 10 and compression 22 from direct contact with the skin of the penis.
Lever 26 is generally L-shaped and is pivotally mounted by pin 28 in slot 29 at the juncture of the two legs. One leg is operating handle 30, and the other leg is compression bar engaging portion 32. Extending from second member 16 is one end of pinch guard 34. Pinch guard 34 extends across the gap between the free ends of first and second members 10 and 16 when these free ends move sufficiently close to each other. The free end of pinch guard 34 then extends between first member 10 and pad 12, as shown in FIG. 2. Strap 36 extends from the free end of second member 16. The end of strap 36 may be releaseably secured in any recess 38 on first member 10.
In use, with the device spread as in FIG. 1, pad 12 and first member 10 are placed on the dorsal surface of the penis. With lever 26 in the position shown in FIG. 1, second member 16 is swung up until it fits snugly. Strap 36 is then secured in a recess 38 and lever 26 is moved to the position shown in FIG. 2 which forces compression bar 18 and pad 22 against the bottom of the penis compressing the urethra. For purposes of urination, the device need not be removed - handle 30 is merely moved so that compression bar engaging portion is disengaged. The blood vessels on the dorsal side of the penis are not compressed so that the external incontinency device of this invention may be worn without stopping blood circulation. Moreover, it may readily be donned and removed, and when in the closed position does not produce a noticeable bulge in the garment of the user.
Turning now to FIG. 3, an alternate embodiment of the invention will be described. Rigid arcuate member 40 has hinge portion 42 and free end 44. Pad 46 is attached to the inner surface of member 40. Rigid arcuate member 48 is secured to member 40 by hinge portion 42 and has free end 52. Member 48 has central raised portion 54 which compresses the urethra of the user when the device is donned. Pad 46 extends to be attached to the upper surface of member 48. D ring 58 is secured to free end 44 of member 40. End 60 of strap 64 is attached to the outer surface of free end 52 of member 48. Strap 64 passes through D ring 58 and is releaseably secured to end 62 of strap 64. Strap 64 has a plurality of hook elements (not shown) which are positioned to releaseably fasten to a plurality of loop elements (not shown) on end 60. Unlike the embodiment of FIGS. 1 and 2, this embodiment must be loosened for urination; however, enlarged end 66 will not pass through D ring 58.
Although the device as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 appears to be fully operable, the modification shown in FIG. 4 is preferable from the standpoint of ease in molding. Pinch guard 70 in this modification extends from compression bar 18.
While the instant invention has been shown and described herein in what are conceived to be the most practical and preferred embodiments, it is recognized that departures may be made therefrom within the scope of the invention, which is therefore not to be limited to the details disclosed herein, but is to be afforded the full scope of the claims so as to embrace any and all equivalent apparatus and articles.
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|U.S. Classification||128/885, 251/9, 606/157, 128/DIG.25|
|International Classification||A61B17/132, A61F2/00|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10S128/25, A61B17/132, A61F2/0054|
|European Classification||A61F2/00B6F, A61B17/132|
|1 Mar 1994||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|24 Jul 1994||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|4 Oct 1994||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 19940727